Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hello Summer & Christmas time in Brisbane, Australia!

Today is 34.6C/94.2ºF and humid.

I am now 6 ½ months pregnant, so keeping cool is a bit of a priority at the moment! We only have one room in our house with air-conditioning which we can venture to if we need it. Otherwise, I am working in my little studio under the stairs and Miss 4 is cooling off in her kiddy pool. "Icy drinks please Butler!"

I wouldn't have it any other way though. Oh, actually, I wouldn't say no to full air-conditioning throughout. And a Butler.

I just finished packing up my last commissioned painting with an Xmas deadline. It's off to Florida, USA. Hope it travels quickly and safely!
A big 30" x 40" painting wrapped and ready for it's trip overseas!

I'll post pics of the finished painting once I get the ok from the client. It's a Christmas present! :)

 I think I've also managed to finish my Xmas shopping. I did some online (a time saver!) and braved the local Westfield a couple of times to finish it off. I also got my 2013 diary yesterday!! I know, in an age where you can have an iPad, laptop, phone, etc, you don't need a paper diary, but I just can't be without one. I get such a thrill out of my new diary each year! What a stationery nerd.

I had the 2012 Frankie Diary this year:

2012 Frankie Diary - $26.95 from frankiepress.com.au

which I loved, but the 2013 was very similar, and I wanted a change...

 Kikki K had some contenders...but nothing 'grabbed' me. Except for their planner stickers - which I just had to have!

Life's Little Stickers
"Life's Little Stickers" $3.95 from Kikki K

In the end I went with a fluro coral pink diary from Typo. When else am I going to own a fluro diary? I'm only 28 and it's 2013! The picture really doesn't do it justice.

"Fluro Pink 2013 Buffalo Diary" from Typo

 I can't wait to get stuck in to it!
The markets on the weekend have been fun, I've met loads of talented people. My last one is this Friday - Chandler Xmas Twilight Market, from 2pm-9pm, at the Sleeman Sports Centre, Chandler, QLD.

Should be a great night. I hope to see you there!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

No wonder they call it the 'silly season' - the shops are crazy, the postal system goes...um...postal, there are Christmas parties and kids parties at every chance, everywhere you go there are Mariah Carey and Michael Buble's Xmas albums playing in the background, and everyone gets just a little bit s i l l y! 

Ah...but I love Sundays.

For some strange reason this is one Sunday in the past couple of months that I don't have a stall at a market, so what did we do this morning? We went shopping at the local farmer's market! Yes, we're nuts. But we did get a truck load of fruit and veg and some fresh flowers. It's a different game when you're the shopper!

Snow white roses - trying not to wilt in this heat!

This week we also got around to putting up the Christmas tree. We finally got a black one with a pink and silver theme. I love it! 

This week I'll be getting ready for 2 markets that are coming up next weekend:

Saturday 15th December – Christmas in the Carpark
(It's FREE! - with modern Christmas carols, Santa, twilight markets, face painting, food and drinks...)
Wynnum RSL
174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum
5pm – 9pm

 Sunday 16th December – Redlands Handmade Expo
Redlands PCYC (aka Capalaba PCYC)
Corner of Mt Cotton & Degen Rds, Capalaba
9am – 2pm

As for painting, I've been whipping up a storm with commissioned paintings with Christmas deadlines. I've got one to send off to the USA this week, and I'm going to make sure it gets there before Xmas if I have to fly it there myself!

On that note - I should go and finish it off. I hope you all had a nice weekend! :)


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Market Days

Wow what a weekend! It's now Tuesday morning and I've only just found a moment to update the blog. On Saturday, (after taking Miss 4 to a birthday party in the morning! Super Mum brownie points there!!), I had a stall at the Ruffled Bazaar Christmas Spectacular, which was great! :) It was a twilight market, so it went from the afternoon to the evening, and I met loads of lovely people - both talented stallholders and customers and fans that have been following me for years but I have only just met in person! I love that!!

A quick snap of my stall before the sun went down! :)

Then on Sunday, for the first time, I had a stall at the Young Designers Market at Southbank. It was a HOT day, and other stall holders said it wasn't as busy as it normally would be, but I met a lot of nice people, and a lot of tourists passing through and taking my art with them!
My stall at the Young Designers Market, Southbank, Brisbane.

My stall at the Young Designers Market, Southbank, Brisbane.

My stall at the Young Designers Market, Southbank, Brisbane.

I'm now 24 weeks pregnant - so Hubby was a godsend in helping me set up and get through the day! :) Love him to bits.

I ran out of some prints while at the markets, so I spent yesterday running around getting some supplies and doing the usual boring errands like food shopping, and today I'm back in my little studio under the stairs and finishing off some commissioned paintings with Xmas deadlines! :)

Oh, and Miss 4 is home too.

AND...it's supposed to reach 39°C (102°F) today! 

Stay cool!!